Annie Patterson is one of America's premiere song leaders. She has been leading singing around the globe for over 30 years. An accomplished folk performer and jazz vocalist [Girls From Mars], Annie sings old songs and new. She carries with her a suitcase of incredible song knowledge and a repertoire that includes over 2400 songs from many genres, including Americana, contemporary folk, ballads, gospel, country and jazz. Annie is well known for her work as co-creator/editor of the songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again.
ONE LINE BIO: Annie Patterson, song leader extraordinaire, folk performer, and jazz vocalist, has been leading singing for hope and change around the globe for over 30 years with Rise Up Singing and Rise Again, the popular songbooks she created with her husband, Peter Blood.
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Annie Patterson has performed and led music retreats at folk festivals, coffee houses, schools and camps throughout North America, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the British Isles. She is best known for co-creating the popular songbook Rise Up Singing, along with her husband, Peter Blood. Their new songbook, Rise Again, published in 2016, is a similar collection to Rise Up Singing with 1200 different songs. Annie has honed her skills as a folk performer and jazz vocalist over the last 3 decades. She loves to sing songs from the Appalachian Mountains and British Isles, accompanying herself on banjo and guitar. Annie is also a jazz and swing vocalist with the swing band Girls from Mars (for over 30 years) and is a guest vocalist with The O-Tones, a swing band based in Western MA. You can find out more about Annie and her music work at www.riseupandsing.org.
LISTEN: Here is a Youtube video of Gone, Gonna Rise Again (by Si Kahn) off Annie's album Mountain Side. Her jazz trio, Girls From Mars latest cd is called Return to Planet Swing. Here's Annie singing Drum Boogie by Gene Krupa as well as Annie singing the beautiful ballad Don't Blame Me off their new cd.
PERFORMANCE HISTORY: Annie Patterson has performed and led music retreats at folk festivals, coffee houses, schools and camps throughout North America, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the British Isles. Known for co-creating the popular songbooks Rise Up Singing (Sing Out, Inc 1988) and Rise Again (Hal Leonard Pub 2016), along with her husband, Peter Blood, Annie is also a performer and recording artist. She has honed her skills as a song leader, jazz vocalist and singer songwriter over the last 3 decades. She is one of 3 lead vocalists with the swing band Girls from Mars and is a guest vocalist with The O-Tones, a swing band based in Western MA.
SONGBOOK EDITOR & ARTIST: Annie worked along with her husband Peter Blood (and a wonderful team of volunteers) on all aspects of creating Rise Up Singing and Rise Again, including song selection, permissions, research, layout and illustrations. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Illustration, Annie has also worked as a graphic artist, illustrator and art teacher. Her illustrations, along with the work of 3 other talented visual artists, can be found in Rise Again (with Mona Shiber and Meghan Merker) and in Rise Up Singing, supplementing Kore Loy McWhiter's illustrations.
PRAISE FOR ANNIE'S WORK: "Annie Patterson is the real deal—an activist who can really sing, a singer who is really an activist, and a song leader extraordinaire. I always leave Annie Patterson concerts and singalongs believing that we can not only fight the good fight, but win the good fight too. Annie’s voice is beautiful, she is inviting and urges us all to sing with her, and her infectious, bubbly presence lifts all our spirits. If you get a chance to hear Annie perform, or attend a sing-along, grab the opportunity!! Annie is good for our souls and our social change movements!" - Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian, Founder and Director, Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership www.truthschool.org
"Having known Annie for decades, I can say with authority that she is a brilliant and wildly versatile singer, whose excitement about music shines through every note. She truly listens to every word she sings. Her stage presence is infectious; she could get a roomful of store mannequins to break out in song. Annie is a performer of stellar technique but deep warmth, and on top of that she has a lovely, lively sense of humor. Toss in a sincere but not overstated sense of social justice, and you have the incredible Annie Patterson." - Peter Berryman www.louandpeter.com/
Read more about Annie's musical interests and folk music background on the Folk Performing page...
From Annie on singing together and the new songbook...
Working on Rise Again (released by Hal Leonard Publishing June, 2015) as well as our earlier songbook, Rise Up Singing, has drawn upon a variety of my life experiences. I'm a teacher, musician, artist, peace activist, mother and community organizer. I've been an advocate for children with learning challenges and know what it's like to care and advocate for dying loved ones. These experiences have taught me to speak out when I see injustice happening and to listen carefully when people want to share their story. Singing songs together can be a very effective and non-violent way to speak out as a community and can also help us listen better to each other so we can find unity and hope together.
I am passionate about our songbook work and our new songbook Rise Again. Like Rise Up Singing, our new songbook is a collection of 1200 (more) songs that inspire hope, teach us about social justice and tell the stories our history books leave out. This new collection includes songs that are hauntingly beautiful, songs that touch our hearts and songs that are just plain fun to sing. Singing can knit communities together and touch peoples’ lives in a unique and amazing way. It has been an enormous privilege to lead groups together in song and feel the power of hundreds of voices singing in harmony. It is clear to me that people want to sing together and I am grateful for the opportunity to help them do this. ~ Annie
For bookings...please email booking at riseupandsing.org.